COL FB: Alabama 20, Mississippi State 7

Nov. 17, 2013 at 12:04 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- AJ McCarron fired two touchdowns Saturday and top-ranked Alabama stayed on track for a national championship game with a 20-7 win over Mississippi State.

McCarron finished 18-of-32 for 187 passing yards but was picked off twice for the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC), who used a tough defense to overcome four total turnovers.

T.J. Yeldon racked up 160 rushing yards on 24 carries.

Alabama next hosts Chattanooga before facing No. 9 Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl game.

Mississippi State (4-6, 1-5) was paced by Tyler Russell, who was 15-of-24 for 144 passing yards.

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